Replace Your Ford Speed Sensor in 5 Easy Steps
If you're a car owner who values the speed of your vehicle, your Ford speed sensor is highly essential to you. The speed sensor tells your car's computer how fast you are going. The input from a speed sensor is then used by other components in the vehicle like the speedometer and the variable assist power steering system to perform their individual tasks. If the speed sensor becomes faulty, it will affect all the systems that rely on its readings. Luckily, replacing the speed sensor is as straightforward as you can get. Make sure you have enough time to do this so you can get your car back to being the speed demon it was before. Here is a 5-step guide in replacing your speed sensor.
Skills required: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials:
- Replacement speed sensor
- Jack and a pair of jack stands
- Wrench sets
- Safety gloves
- A bunch of rags
Preparing your car and the materials for the task
Park your car on a wide open area and switch the engine off. Prepare your tools and have the replacement sensor ready. Jack the car up and set up the jack stands on both sides of the vehicle for support.
Locating the speed sensor under the hood
Once the car is high enough, carefully crawl under your vehicle and locate your Ford speed sensor. You will find the speed sensor below the thermostat housing and the transmission. It will look like a small plug emerging from the transmission with an electrical cord attached to it.
Removing the speed sensor from the assembly
Once you locate the speed sensor, you will see a wiring connector and some mounting bolts that hold the sensor in place. Disconnect the wiring connector and remove the mounting bolts. Carefully pull the sensor off the assembly. Before you install the new Ford speed sensor, clean the sensor assembly with some rags.
Installing the new speed sensor to the assembly
You can now install the new speed sensor by placing it back on the assembly, mounting back the bolts, and reconnecting the wiring connector. Make sure you secure the speed sensor in its place. Wipe the wiring connector with a rag to ensure a good communication with the sensor and press it onto the sensor until it snaps.
Finishing up the process
Crawl out from under the car and remove the jack stand from both sides of the car. Lower the vehicle to the ground and give it a test drive to see if the new speed sensor is fully functioning.
Additional tips and information
- When you pull off the faulty sensor, take note of the very small drive link that fits between the sensor and the drive itself. Make sure not to lose this link because it has the tendency to pop out by itself.
Don't apply too much pressure when removing the faulty speed sensor to avoid breaking off the thread. This will ensure a better transmission of readings to other systems of the car.